Jocelyn K. Rios

  • Born: August 31, 1961
  • Died: December 29, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jocelyn K. Rios, age 56, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:27 a.m., on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor and celebrate Jocelyn's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jocelyn was born on August 31, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a daughter of Jerald and Sybil (Fragas) Ulmer.

Jocelyn was blessed to have spent the majority of her earthly journey on the beautiful island of Oahu. She was eventually united in marriage to her true love, Joseph Rios, on July 12, 2002, and they began their 15 year commitment with a joyful determination which absolutely made her heart sing. Jocelyn's spirit and attitude would always remain a perfect reflection of her love for the islands, but as she and Joseph ventured stateside, she would also graciously share her kindness, and love for life, with all whom crossed her path. Jocelyn was truly a generous soul who strived daily to be a positive influence on the world around her. In her free-time, Jocelyn regularly enjoyed sitting down to watch a good comedy, or quite often listening to some of her favorite traditional Hawaiian music hoping to discover the mood to break out into a little light-hearted dance; but what really brought Jocelyn joy was the time she was able to spend with her family and friends. Jocelyn understood the value of personal relationships and if you were adored and appreciated by her, you were sure to know and feel her presence in your life. Jocelyn also enjoyed traveling whenever possible, as much as she savored any opportunity to spend the day on the warm sand watching the waves roll in. We are beyond broken-hearted today with the sudden loss of our dear Jocelyn, her wonderful sense of humor, and her forever loving spirit; but we trust that the Lord has a plan in all things and we know that she is finally free of her health issues, and thankfully resting peacefully in her new perfect body while simultaneously enjoying a most glorious reunion with her parents who were also called home much too early in life. Thank you Jocelyn for all of the joy, love and lessons you shared with the world along your journey, and know that we will surely miss you everyday until we are all reunited once again in time.

Those left to cherish Jocelyn's memory include

her husband,
Joseph Rios, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Jerald (Joseph) Ulmer, Honolulu, Hawaii
and Jodi (Todd) Benevides, Flower Mound, Texas;

and her nieces,
Christina Benevides
and Codie Benevides, both of Texas.

Jocelyn was preceded in death by her parents.

A Jocelyn K. Rios memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional, sincere and compassionate care of Jocelyn, and her family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I miss you so much. Thank you for giving me the best years of my life. I dont know how I will do it but Ill do my best to continue on. I love you so much and Im happy knowing how much we made each other happy. Please watch over me.

Posted by Joey Rios - Dubuque, IA - spouse   January 16, 2018


I will miss Joce so much. She was always there for me as a big sister, but she was even more like a second mom to me. She was my biggest cheerleader, my protector, my advocate and confidant. We talked on the phone as often as we could, and filled in the rest of the time texting. Though we were so far apart geographically, we were always with each other in spirit. One of the more recent memories of Joce was this short text convo we had, after sending her some flowers when she was in the hospital:

Joce Rios:
Thank you and the Ohana for the beautiful flowers and card. I love it very much.

Jodi Benevides:
It's really pretty!!

"Joce Rios:
It is and smells so nice!

Jodi Benevides:
I'm glad :)

Joce Rios:

Jodi Benevides:
Thought u could use some cheer especially in a new place.

Joce Rios:
Yes, you knew right❤

Jodi Benevides:

Joce Rios:

Jodi Benevides:
I love you das why ☺

Joce Rios:
Tanks for loving me❤"

Posted by Jodi Benevides - Flower Mound, TX - Sister   January 06, 2018

Aloha Jocelyn
Mahalo for always making us laugh
We will miss you

Posted by Rod and Althea Rodrigues - Kapolei, HI - Friend   January 04, 2018

My heartfelt sympathy to Joey and to Jocely's family.
My coworker & newest friend, for the very brief time I knew joyful, eager to learn all details regarding her new job, also about all things Iowa and the Midwest, and always grateful for that information. I will truly miss this fun-loving woman with a great personality. Peace to you, Jocelyn.

So sorry not able to attend services....out of state at this time.

Posted by Evie Kennedy - Coworker   January 04, 2018

I worked with Jocelyn for many years at Kaiser in Honolulu. She was ALWAYS smiling, happy and very kind. I especially recall our potlucks and the great food she used to bring to the department. Her Mom, Sybil was also working at Kaiser at the time and you could just see the love between them. Then Jodi came along and also worked at Kaiser so Jocelyn was able to enjoy her family both at work and at home.

I know she will surely be missed by her family and friends. I got back in touch with her through Facebook and was so happy to see her smiling face.

God bless her and her family at this time of sorrow.

Love to all, Suzanne

Posted by Suzanne St. Clair - San Diego, CA - Coworker   January 04, 2018

Aloha....having a great share in my cousins growth, has always made my heart smile, from a young infant, she always had a love for peace. As years pasted she's been a great part in many lives, I'm truly blessed to have many precious moments.She always said, it's ok cuz, whatever happens, well love one another always. Her words , and memories of a beautiful rose will never fade, as Joce is....a get from God she truly is.. Ohana is our sunshine...its a gift to be a part of beautiful roses, Our Ohana.....mahalo Joey for helping her too shine and be full of beauty, ur love is unconditionally, remembered. We love you joey

Posted by Leinaala Bronson - Harvey, IL - Family   January 01, 2018

Always loved and never forgotten. Rest in peace.

Posted by Mariella Inter - Honolulu, HI - Family Friend   December 31, 2017


My sympathy and prayers for your loss.

Posted by Karen Guiloreza - Carrollton, TX - Family Friend   December 31, 2017